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Anxious about so many meds in early pregnancy!

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BabyK32B

Just need to vent and hopefully get some peace of mind.

 

I’m 11 weeks tomorrow and have been really anxious about all the meds I’ve been taking. I hate having to take things in pregnancy but I’ve always suffered awful hayfever, so I’m on 2-3 Polaramine a day to make it somewhat manageable. They barely work for 4 hours and I hate it as it leaves me so tired, but with 2 other kids and a business to keep up with I have no choice otherwise I’m a completely mess and will end up in bed until I can sleep it off.

 

I’ve had horrible nausea since 5 weeks which I didn’t have with my other 2 kids, and have been using zofran/Ondansetron which I don’t know a lot about. The pharmacy originally gave me Nux vomica drops which I’ve never heard of and found it hard to get reputable info about those.

 

I’ve also had ongoing ear issues (infections, blocked etc) for the last 5 years and no damn GP will send me to a specialist, so I’ve had AB drops for that which didn’t work and now AB ointment. I think the ear issues are linked to my Hayfever, which brings me back to no GP will listen to me and help me find specialist help.

 

I’ve now been given Beconase for the Hayfever and told it was safe but use a smaller dose.

 

Everything I google about any of the meds I use have conflicting info whether it’s safe or not. I’m now finding myself so stressed and worried about piling all the meds in that something bad has happened. I’ve only used things out of desperation but think maybe I should have just tried to ride it out.

 

I’m becoming quiet stressed about it all, my GP is fairly average and I’ve not been referred to the hospital yet. I have my next scan in 2 weeks so hoping everything is ok.

 

Sorry for the novel, just needed to get it all out.

 

 

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Speckle Park

It can be very hard to find useful safety data for pregnant women because most drug trials actively exclude pregnant women.

 

I'm not sure where you live. In NSW there is an info line at the Women's Hospital called Mothersafe. https://www.royalwomen.org.au/mothersafe

 

NSW women can call them and get reliable advice about medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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Caribou

I'm not in the DIG, I saw this post in recent threads.

 

For both (two) pregnancies, I've had quite a few medications going for various reasons as well as zofran and both kids were fine.

 

So long as your GP has a list of your medications on file, over the counter and prescriptions, they can alert you when it's not safe to take them. It is unlikely any of it is harming the baby, and babies are very good at filtering things out!

 

I wouldn't google any further It honestly does nothing but cause a bucket load of anxiety. and often the the info is mixed messaged, outdated or just plan wrong. Tread Dt Google with caution.

 

At this stage, if the number of medications are bothering you, you have every right to ask your GP to explain why all these medications at once is ok in pregnancy. IF they brush you off, they're not the right GP for you. a good GP will explain their reasons and why. You should not feel embarrassed to ask. You should ask if anything is worrying you.

 

Good luck with pregnancy! Wishing you a boring 6 more months!

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Phascogale

If you're in Vic you can ring the Monash Drug information line. And yes Mothersafe if you're in NSW. The other states will also have medications lines and theoretically you can ring whatever number from whatever state you happen to be in.

 

I think you probably need to go to another GP and get a referral to an ENT if the issues you are having with your ears. Pregnancy can make them worse but there are things that should be able to be done even while pregant.

 

Nux vomica is homeopathic stuff so there's no real active in there.

 

Many women are on ondansetron for hyperemesis in pregnancy. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn't. It sometimes only stops the vomiting but not the intractable nausea.

 

It's probably worth seeing an allergist and you potentially might need to consider desensitization for the hayfever stuff if it's certain grasses and pollens that are causing the biggest issues. But that will likely be after you have this baby.

 

You can self refer to the hospital. You'll need to be booked in. Do you need an obstetrician or are you looking at a midwife care program (or are you thinking shared care with a GP OB)? Give the hospital a call tomorrow and find out what you need to do.

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BabyK32B

Thanks for the replies, I’m in WA so will find the applicable phone number and maybe give them a call.

 

I’ve been trying to get a referral to an ENT for years. I’ve seen at least half a dozen GPs, been to emergency multiple times, been told to stay with one GP and keep hounding them. They all think that my issues aren’t serious enough for a referral even though I’ve had at least a dozen ear infections or issues in the last 5 years, Hayfever since I was a child and no one will take me seriously. I’ve had GPs roll their eyes at me thinking I’m being dramatic about it but the allergy side ruins my life through this time of year. I’ve had the Polaramine and the beconase and I’m still a total mess right now. I’m sick of it taking over my life and having to try all these useless meds :(

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BabyK32B

Sorry forgot to answer the other bit, I’ll do the same as what I did with the kids which was just through the public antenatal unit. Mainly midwives and whichever OB is available. Might give them a call tomorrow and maybe they can get me into some other care at the hospitals or these allergy issues.

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22Fruitmincepies

I’ve had awful hay fever this year (in Perth), and I’m breastfeeding. It took two weeks of taking polaramine and becanase before I got it under control. Now I only need to take becanase.

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FuzzyChocolateToes

You might want to try Restavit. It's a sedating anti-histamine that is also effective for pregnancy nausea. It's OTC.

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Miss Purple

I can relate regarding gaining access to an ENT. I spent over 7 years suffering chronic throat, nose and sinus infections before finally getting to an ENT. I then got sent from one ENT to another before one told me it was a psychiatric issue!!! FINALLY found another ENT who investigated further and operated within the week...

 

Persistence pays off. But also be insistent. Don’t just tell a GP what symptoms are, state that you aren’t leaving without a referral to a particular ENT (do your research beforehand).

 

As for medications, I was on a cocktail of drugs and had just had sinus surgery when I fell pregnant with my first. Continued with the cocktail for most of the first trimester. Third trimester I had a major blood clot and once again ended up on a million different meds. My son was born and has remained fit and healthy. Try not to worry too much. Pharmacists in particular are good at knowing what is safe in pregnancy. If you have a trusted pharmacist, speak to them.

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Lou-bags

 

Pharmacists in particular are good at knowing what is safe in pregnancy. If you have a trusted pharmacist, speak to them.

 

Hmmmm. OP's pharmacist is definitely not a good example of this! Seeing as she suggested homeopathy to the OP.

 

OP if you're in Perth SOR feel free to PM me for a brilliant GP recommendation, and my pharmacist is pretty good too. And definitely phone the helpline at kemh- I've found them to be very very up to date and knowledgeable.

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petit_manchot

In theory, you don’t actually need a referral to see a specialist. The referral is a Medicare requirement so that you can get a rebate, but without a referral you may still be able to get an appointment as a private patient.

Being on antibiotics constantly is just so crappy without a specialist opinion. I would want proper swabs taken of any ear discharge to ensure that you’re actually dealing with a bacterial infection (that is susceptible to the drugs you’re being prescribed), rather than chronic inflammatory disease or fungal disease. Terrible work on the part of the GP!

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I’ve also had ongoing ear issues (infections, blocked etc) for the last 5 years and no damn GP will send me to a specialist, so I’ve had AB drops for that which didn’t work and now AB ointment. I think the ear issues are linked to my Hayfever, which brings me back to no GP will listen to me and help me find specialist help.

 

 

If your ear infections are outer, consider buying a non-stress ear pick (you can google). I buy the good quality ones from White Rabbit Express, which ships goods from Japan.

 

I was a chronic outer ear infection sufferer and constantly using drops with lots of issues resulting (antibiotics, infections, deafness). Since buying a pick I have had zero issues.

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Kafkaesque

Thanks for the replies, I’m in WA so will find the applicable phone number and maybe give them a call.

 

I’ve been trying to get a referral to an ENT for years. I’ve seen at least half a dozen GPs, been to emergency multiple times, been told to stay with one GP and keep hounding them. They all think that my issues aren’t serious enough for a referral even though I’ve had at least a dozen ear infections or issues in the last 5 years, Hayfever since I was a child and no one will take me seriously. I’ve had GPs roll their eyes at me thinking I’m being dramatic about it but the allergy side ruins my life through this time of year. I’ve had the Polaramine and the beconase and I’m still a total mess right now. I’m sick of it taking over my life and having to try all these useless meds :(

 

In wa call the King Edward Obstetric drug line.

 

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/australian-health-services/20096925/kemh-obstetric-drug-info-line/services/subiaco-6008-bagot

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BabyK32B

Thanks heaps for the replies! And yes I am SOR so that would be great!

 

I did some research and I might be able to get into an immunology specialist without a referral. Will have to give them a call and see what they say.

 

My hospital needs a referral for the antenatal clinic too, so I guess I’ll juat have to wait 2 more weeks until I get my scan results and go from there.

 

 

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